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MSNBC
Dec 4, 2012 8:00pm PST
. but boehner finds himself in an increasingly weak position. senate minority leader mitch mcconnell refused to take a position on boehner's debt plan today. >> i have no particular observation other than i commend the house leadership for trying to move. the process along and getting to a point where hopefully we can have a real discussion. >> house democrats are cranking up the pressure. tim walsh of minnesota introduced a discharge petition on the middle class tax cuts in the house. if it gets 218 signatures, it would get a floor vote before the end of the month. >> this is an issue that we all agree on. >> democratic leader nancy pelosi announced a plan for the discharge petition last week. the petition keeps the focus on extending tax cuts for 98% of americans. i spoke to leader pelosi late this afternoon about the strategy and the latest developments in the debt standoff. >> thank you for joining us tonight. >> my pleasure. >> the discharge petition, what are your expectations? >> well, my expectations have already been exceeded because we have over 150 members, house democrats who hav
Comedy Central
Dec 3, 2012 10:30am PST
. and given how little congress works, some of that has to be mitch mcconnell stopping by harry reid's family dinner to block passage of the mashed potato. (laughter) but i say so what? that's just politics. and mitch mcconnell is warning it could get worse. >> if the majority chooses to end the filibuster, if they choose to change the rules and put an end to democratic debate then the fighting, the bitterness, and the gridlock will only get worse. in the name of efficiency they would prevent the very possibility of compromise and threaten to make the disputes of the past few years look like mere pillow fights. >> stephen: he's right. to me they already look like pillow fights. i'm pretty sure joe lieberman's jowls are memory foam. (laughter) so you've been warned, harry reid! take away mitch mcconnell's filibuster and he will strike back by obstructing everything you do! or let him keep the filibuster so he can obstruct everything you do! (laughter) i think the choice is clear. we'll be right back. (cheers and applause) (cheers and applause) >> stephen: welcome back, everybody. my guest toni
Current
Dec 7, 2012 9:00am PST
that mitch mcconnell actually filibustered his own bill. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: yes, that was great. harry reidy thidthld boxer - - >> yeah harry reid boxed him into this. it's hysterical. >> stephanie: what is the boxing thing -- >> rope a dope. >> stephanie: yes, exactly. where is my story on this -- talk amongst yourselves. >> oh, okay. >> stephanie: he thought he was being so smart. i'm moving slowly -- >> look out, here it comes. >> do you need me to print it? >> stephanie: no i got it. >> oh no. what am i going to do now. >> stephanie: it was further down in the stack than i had anticipated. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: yes, he filibustered his own bill to lift the debt ceiling. instead they called his bluff and he ended up filibustering his own bill. ♪ you are an idiot ♪ >> stephanie: the legislation would permit the president to unilaterally lift the debt ceiling, and never before in our history has someone taken the debt ceiling hostage as something to negotiate over. >> right. >> stephanie: mcconnell brought up the legislation, h
Comedy Central
Dec 4, 2012 10:00am PST
it! what? oh, how important is it to mitch mcconnell to block this rule change? it emanates from the very core of his principles >> until now you could say that protecting the rights of a political minority have been the defining characteristic of the senate. for the past several years many of us on the republican side have raised loud objections to the diminished rights of the minority. >> jon: yes, yes, you might have heard that wrong. he was saying the diminished rights of the minority. he's fighting for the minority. as in senate republicans. not actual minorities because [bleep] those people. now of course we could show you democrats and republicans taking opposite positions on filibuster reform when their roles were reversed seven years ago. there's something about this i actually don't understand. if the republicans can filibuster anything the democrats propose, then how can the democrats reform the filibuster without being filibustered? >> democrats have said they won't move forward on any changes before january. when the 113th congress begins. at that point, under condit
MSNBC
Dec 6, 2012 12:00am PST
, the republicans, they simply are not. house speaker john boehner and senate minority leader mitch mcconnell have spent years catering to the base that believes, let's say, president obama's a socialist, and the united nations wants to take your disabled child right out of your home. they have votes to back it up, folks. this pitiful display of most senate republicans on the disability treaty showed once again just how far they are, and how far they are removed from reality. one democratic senator told me yesterday his office was actually getting calls from constituents with disabled children wanting to know if the u.n. would remove their children from their homes. it is manufacturing fear in the lives of americans. sometimes it's just a bald-faced lie about the facts. here's the democratic and republican opening bids on the fiscal cliff. but the revenue side of the republican proposal just doesn't match up with reality. you can't get $800 billion in revenue from lowering rates and closing loopholes and deductions. can we get on that page? it doesn't come close to adding up, unless you get rid of
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
, there's another interesting development with the leadership yesterday was that mitch mcconnell tried to make a move to separate out the debt negotiation, the debt ceiling and he thought he had a power play to embarrass the democrats, and the democrats pulled together 51 votes. >> he had to filibuster himself. >> filibuster his own bill. >> wow. >> isn't it a fascinating change, though, mark, back when we were younger, like ten years ago, it used to be the senate that was the chamber where members were more respectful of each other. now watching harry reid run the senate and mitch mcconnell blast back at him, they are acting really -- and you see this all across the senate. more like we used to behave in the house. >> yeah, those emperors aren't wearing much clothes. >> have you seen a moment in time where two politicians have seemed more like the parade has passed by than mitch mcconnell and mary reed. it's time to change. >> i have no idea why harry reid is running the democratic caucus. i mean, maybe he's great behind the scenes, but in front of the camera, he's just -- >> mitch mc
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
flip-flop from the senate majority. mitch mcconnell forced to filibuster his own proposal. senator mark warner weighs in on that. gh... [ buzz! ] take dayquil. use nyquil d... [ ding! ] ...and get longer nighttime cough relief. use tylenol cold multisymptom nighttime... [ coughs ] [ buzz! ] [ screams ] ...and you could find yourself... honey? ...on the couch. nyquil d. 50% longer cough and stuffy nose relief. i'd like to thank eating right, whole grain, multigrain cheerios! mom, are those my jeans? [ female announcer ] people who choose more whole grain tend to weigh less than those who don't. multigrain cheerios tend to weigh less than those who don't. oh, let me guess --ou see this? more washington gridlock. no, it's worse -- look, our taxes are about to go up. not the taxes on our dividends though, right? that's a big part of our retirement. oh, no, it's dividends, too. the rate on our dividends would more than double. but we depend on our dividends to help pay our bills. we worked hard to save. well, the president and congress have got to work together to stop this dividend tax hike
FOX Business
Dec 7, 2012 7:00pm EST
: agree to raise taxes. >> now. his thing. mitch mcconnell tried to get the senate, harry reid to vote on the president's plan and harry reid said no. democrats are calling it a stunt. this is the president's plan we can raise taxes on rich and you don't have to cut spending and you can do all the things that he wants to do, and they don't want that to come to a vote. there might be something there. i'm thinking that might maybe make him on it and let the chips fall where they make. elections have consequences. at that right now. lou: i think we all agree about consequences. certainly. your thoughts on this? does it look to you right now like we are going to avoid this fiscal cliff? the president, but the brilliant idea? it's interesting how he does this. he initiates an ultimatum and the goes passive aggressive on everyone and withdraws from the field. it's really a bizarre and intriguing strategy which obviously has completely confounded republican leaders. >> yes, and the polls show that the american people are proud and -- probably going to blend republicans now matter what happens
CNN
Dec 6, 2012 4:00pm EST
o'donnell? cnn is told senate republican leader mitch mcconnell was annoyed for backing o'donnell and a couple other losing candidates in 2010 and cost republicans the majority. at the time demint told us he was unapologetic and still is. you're trying to send a message to the gop establishment. >> the gop establishment is out. and what we're going to do is help the american people take back their government. >> reporter: in the flood of gop reaction to demint's surprise retirement, he didn't have to read between the lines much in the gop leader's three-sentence statement to see some hard feelingsthanking demint for his service and another who called demint a friend. >> i've always liked the guy. and even though i disagree with so much of what he's done, i appreciate that -- i personally believe he does this out of a sense of real belief. it's not political posturing for him as it is for a lot of people. so i like jim demint. i wish him well. >> reporter: now, wolf, remember jim demint is one of the most conservative senators who worked very, very hard to block many pieces
Current
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
leader mitch mcconnell did yesterday. get this. he tried playing a trick on the democrats and wrote a bill allowing the president to raise the debt ceiling. mcconnell assumed democrats would not want to vote on that and was hoping to use that against them saying no one wanted to give the president that power. that back fired when the democratic caucus was happy to vote on the measure forcing mcconnell to say no. here is the democrats' response. >> this may be a moment in senate history when a senator made a proposal and when given an opportunity for a vote on that proposal, fillibustered his own proposal the i think we have reached a new spot in the history of the senate we have never seen before. >> the senate democrats posted that to youtube yesterday. mcconnellts reason for not voting on the bill? he said it is so important it needed a filibuster-proof majority rather than a straight up and down vote. >>> good news for president obama. he now has his highest approval rating since 2009. quarreling quinnipiac released a new poll yesterday found appr
CNN
Dec 7, 2012 4:00am PST
seemed to be a crazy thing that senator mitch mcconnell was trying to do that ended up backfiring on him pretty badly. >> reporter: some theatrics. the debt ceiling, it's set to be hit in january or february. that's complicating the fiscal cliff discussions. mitch mcconnell yesterday proposed a vote on a measure that would give the president the authority to increase the debt ceiling without congressional input. this is something that the white house has proposed as part of their fiscal cliff proposal. it's a nonstarter for republicans. but he wanted to put it on the floor to show that even democrats don't support giving the president that kind of authority. he did that and harry reid turned around and said, let's see if we can do it with a simple majority for 51 votes and democrats it appeared had made sure they had that and then mitch mcconnell in return ended up objecting to the very thing he propose eed. take a listen. >> now the republican leader objects his own idea. i guess we have a filibuster of his own bill. >> so this was some maneuvering that went on. mitch mcconnell won the
MSNBC
Dec 7, 2012 2:30am PST
minority leader mitch mcconnell, you just saw him there talking on the floor, he actually found himself, well, in unusual territory thursday. he actually had to filibuster himself. >> no, no, he can't. >> yesterday, senator mcconnell brought a bill to the floor to give the president greater power to raise the debt limit without support. but harry reid called his bluff, agreeing to a straight up-or-down vote. that then forced the minority lead y leader to filibuster his own bill. >> what we have here is a case of republicans here in the senate once again not taking yes for an answer. this morning, republican leader asked consent to have a vote on this proposal, because now i told everyone that we're willing to have that vote, up-or-down vote. now the republican leader objects to his own idea, so i guess we have a filibuster his own bill, so i object. >> is there objection to the original request? >> yeah, object. >> objection is heard. got whiplash. >>> in a surprise announcement also coming out of the senate yesterday, tea party favorite and conservative icon senator jim demint, one of
FOX News
Dec 7, 2012 3:00am PST
. >> brian: minority leadership mitch mcconnel >> no doubt about who the quarterback is on the democratic side it is the president of the united states . unfortunatelyy he keeps throwing interceptions. and we are moving back ward. >> brian: nfl network all politics. mark san ford will start. he did the sports cast with his hands in the back pocket. since then you are the friend. what is constance up to. >> gretchen: wow, and you get to sit in the center of the couch. >> good to see you. >> gretchen: do you feel an ination. >> brian: that's my normal. >> gretchen: either approximate mine or brian. >> kind of warm and can have they. >> you were going to say small. >> brian: as he said. he has a bigger butt than me. you have something serious though to talk about. not only your great career but something happened in late october that people are forkneting about. >> everybody talked about super storm sandy and all of the sudden is obama get elected and then petraeus and then the fiscal cliff and the problem with super storm sandy is an ongoing recovery and will take months and year to fully r
CSPAN
Dec 6, 2012 8:00pm EST
.m. eastern on c-span 2. in the senate today, harry reid and mitch mcconnell went back and forth on fiscal cliff issues. there is part of their exchange. >> yesterday afternoon, i came to the floor and offered president obama's proposal on the fiscal cliff to show that neither he nor democrats in congress are acting in good faith in these negotiations. with just a few weeks ago before a potentially entirely avoidable blow to the economy, the president proposed a plan the members of his own party will even vote for. he is not interested in a balanced agreement, not particularly interested in avoiding the fiscal cliff, and clearly not interested at all in cutting any spending. with the president is really in, as we learned just yesterday, is getting as much taxpayer money as he can, first by raising taxes on small businesses who he believes are making too much money, and then on everybody else. not so he can lower the debt or the deficit, but so he can spend to his heart's content. for months, the president has been saying that all he wanted to raise taxes on the top 2% so he can tackle the
CNBC
Dec 4, 2012 1:00pm EST
's jim demint you can the con s -- the conservative senator. i talked to mitch mcconnell, the republican leader up here. he didn't seem as bothered by the boehner proposal. he told me i'm glad that they are at least talking and harry reid said something very interesting to me, the democratic senate leader. he said that boehner might be in a position now where he has to choose between keeping the speakership and protect country, very tough stakes from harry reid, really putting you the pressure on speaker boehner. tyler? >> we are hearing word that potentially new senator elizabeth warren of massachusetts may join the senate banking committee. have you heard that? what does that mean? >> we have heard that. we have been able to confirm that independently. and it is something that the wall street lobby here in washington was expecting to see. they thought that elizabeth warren would angle into and be able to get it under harry reid. i think the question now from what kind of senator does elizabeth warren become? a lot of folks here think she will try to broaden her mandate a little bit out
Current
Dec 4, 2012 9:00am PST
forward many times before and the voters just voted for, for mitch mcconnell to say he burst out laughing and john boehner to say he was flabber -- flabbergasted it is incredible. >> essentially they come up with a status quo proposal. >> stephanie: right. and the status quo that just lost. >> yeah, they are status quo, and that -- so that won't work. >> stephanie: representative what -- is nancy pelosi -- are we going -- is she going to put that forward this week in the house? the voting on the middle class tax cuts? >> absolutely. we have a discharge petition that's being filed at noon almost as we speak, in an hour three quarters it will be put forth and congressman walsh from minnesota and myself will sign it and we'll ask other democrats to sign it and i hope the republicans will sign it. essentially what it says is take up the senate bill. we all agree that the middle class tax cuts should be continued. let's do it. and we'll see. >> stephanie: right. >> the republicans instead essentially are acting as if -- if there's a cliff, there's a way to not go
FOX News
Dec 7, 2012 8:00am PST
party done a lot of damage to republican party. you would probably have senate republican leader mitch mcconnell if not for the tea party. to monica's point, jim demint will create problems from somebody like john boehner. >> as he should. >> wants to desperately cut a deal but probably won't be able to because his own caucus won't go along with it. >> if the republican party stuck to their core principles of limited government and fiscal restraint there would be no need for a tea party. thanks to jim demint, you named a couple of candidates that were weak, thanks to demint and strong tea party folks we have mike lee, jeff flake, marco rubio, we have rand paul, pat toomey. they would not have gotten to the senate without jim demint. he will be a huge force bringing country back. jon: we'll hear a lot from him in the days ahead. monica, yulely, thank you both. >> thank you. heather: coming up two brothers face a judge accused of plotting a terror attack on u.s. soil. a live report coming up. >>> nasa struggling to find its footing after retiring the shuttle program. we'll take a look at
MSNBC
Dec 2, 2012 7:00am PST
on the floor. minority leader mitch mcconnell is aghast at such a ploy claiming he's breaking the rules to change the rules. of course in 2005 when mcconnell was considering the same thing over president bush's judicial nominees, it was minority leader reid's turn to be aghast. therein lies the real issue. the party in power wants the ability to exercise power. but the american people want action. at the table steven spalding, staff counsel for common cause, a group suing the nat to have the filibuster declared unconstitutional. tara wall, dorian warren and lawyer and nbc latino contributor, raul reyes. >> all right, steven, how could it be unconstitutional? >> the constitution does say each chamber can set its own rules. we think the senate should be able to do that with a majority belief. contemporary to popular belief, the 11th amendment was thou shalt need 60 votes to pass a bill. if you go back to the founding, the founders in the federalist papers said they considered a super majority requirement and rejected it. they said to have a super majority requirement could be used by a co
CSPAN
Dec 4, 2012 6:00am EST
mitch mcconnell, from orrin hatch and others explain why doing what makes it so terrible for the senate. so fine and desirable, and, of course, -- [inaudible] which is basically to say hypocrisy goes all around on this issue getting on with you in the majority or the minority. second, i don't want people to be left with the impression that this is all because harry reid is a predator, and now this would've happened if he hadn't all of a sudden just out of the blue used this process of filling the amendment tree that is only because of that that we're seeing filibusters in congress. again, no amendments on nominations, unprecedented number of holes and filibusters on nominations, including judicial and executive branch. filibusters on bills where amendments were allowed and that ultimately passed unanimously. just a point about deliberation because i fear that, though, your principles are -- [inaudible] when you have a filibuster you don't have to do anything except lift your baby sentencing i'm going to filibuster this. when you have 30 hours of post-cloture debate where nobody debates,
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